We won’t know the big picture on this game until we know the extent of Patrick Mahomes’ knee injury. If he’s out for the season then this game is meaningless and now is the time to work on the salary cap. Don’t trade for a mediocre quarterback. If Mahomes is only out for a few weeks this win is huge.
So all attention turns to Matt Moore. The Chiefs have four games until their bye week. Those games include home against Green Bay, home against Minnesota, at Tennessee and then home against the Chargers. After the bye the Chiefs have five games remaining. Without knowing anything about Mahomes’ injury, if he can be back after the bye week the Chiefs might still make a run. It goes without saying that the sooner Mahomes returns the better for the Chiefs.
Mahomes was doing ok, nothing special, while in the game. He left in the second quarter with an injury. Mahomes injured his right knee on a quarterback sneak on fourth and one inside the five yard line. Trainers appeared to pop his knee back into place on the field. Mahomes went to get x-rays and was ruled out for the rest of the game after being in the x-ray room for no more than a couple of minutes.
Non-Mahomes Player of the Game
Defense. The Chiefs defense dominated this game. The Chiefs had nine sacks but it was more than that. The Chiefs flew around on defense and got to the ball quickly and when they did get there they made tackles. Now, Denver’s offensive line is terrible and people will point to that. But we have to give the defense credit for doing what they should do against the Denver offense. We never hear people say that Patrick Mahomes threw his four touchdowns against a bad defense. Mahomes gets credit for doing it, as he should. Well, in this game the defense deserves the credit even though they should do what they did.
Anthony Hitchens hit Joe Flacco, knocking the ball loose. Reggie Ragland picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown putting the Chiefs up 20-6.
LB Anthony Hitchens had six tackles in the game and two sacks.
DE Alex Okafor beat his man to sack Joe Flacco on a third and 16 to force a punt. He finished with four tackles and two sacks.
DE Frank Clark had his best game getting into the backfield. He caused trouble for Denver, hitting Joe Flacco but also getting around the edge and forcing the Broncos to change their running direction into other Chiefs defenders. Clark sacked Joe Flacco at the end of the third quarter even while being held. Frank Clark had five tackles and two sacks.
TE Travis Kelce was a a popular target for Chiefs quarterbacks. He should be a favorite target of Matt Moore. Kelce had six receptions for 44 yards.
S Tyrann Matthieu flew around on defense making plays. His football knowledge was evident in this game. and when he got to a player he made the tackle.
DE Emmanuel Ogbah applied all kinds of pressure in this game. Denver struggled blocking all Chiefs defenders but Ogbah was as good as anyone.
RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 64 yards on 12 carries. That’s an average of 5.3 yards per carry.
QB Matt Moore replaced Patrick Mahomes and threw for 117 yards on 10-for-19 passing. Moore threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill.
Room for Improvement
Penalties!!! The Chiefs had two third down penalties to keep Denver drives alive on the first series of the game. Denver ultimately scored a touchdown.
I disagreed with the decision to go for it on fourth and one inside the five in the second quarter. On fourth down Patrick Mahomes injured his knee and left the game but my disagreement has nothing to do with the injury. I also disagree with the decision for the quarterback sneak with a quarterback with a bad ankle and in a game in which the defense was actually looking pretty good.
The Chiefs play at home a week from Sunday against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. We should know more about Patrick Mahomes on Friday after he has an MRI but it’s hard to see him playing against Green Bay. If that’s the case it’s gong to be a very difficult game for the Chiefs and likely their third consecutive loss at home.